Editorials

Editorials

The Columbian: No Room for Harassment

A dam of silence has been breached at the state Capitol in Olympia. With a wave of voices rising to speak up and speak out against sexual harassment, an important move toward civility and social justice is cresting that will benefit those who work in state government and, indeed, citizens throughout the state.

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Yakima Herald-Republic: As landscape shifts, water utility offers certainty

The issue of exempt water wells can find no exemption from controversy in Washington state. Close to home, the wrangling is prompting Yakima County to tighten rules in a policy area where there have been few — it is a change that will require an adjustment by a number of water users and drillers. But the county’s move toward a water utility is a proactive and prudent step toward averting potential draconian action imposed from the outside, something that has happened to other counties and is still happening now.

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The Columbian: Health care in crisis

The need for Congress to seize the reins of the health care debate has never been clearer. Lawmakers should support a bipartisan effort led by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a fact reinforced by several recent developments:

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The Columbian: McCleary progress

Although lawmakers closed up shop in Olympia three months ago and declared the legislative session to be a triumph, the celebration might have been premature. The real contest (was) waged Tuesday before the state Supreme Court.

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